Paul N

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Britain's Oldest Rose Bush

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 20:15

No probs. I'm just a bit surprised that I've still yet to find the answer. Perhaps Montisfont knows?

Fuschia advice

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 20:08

Yes, for the smallest of fuchsia cuttings, its still a tad too cold at night. In fact its the contrast betwen night time temps and daytime temps which is a shock for them.

Sambuca Nigra

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 21:49

Thanks Laura. Mine has spent a year or two at a friends neglectedly crammed into a small flowerpot so it looks as if it'll soon be racing away.

Sambuca Nigra

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 20:50

I was given a neglected potted example a while ago. How tall will they grow, as tall as a common Elder, and what are the flowers like? I presume they don't fruit?

Tree Peony

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 19:49

Kelways are peony specialists and this is their advice.

Fuschia advice

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 19:37

Fuchsias (note the spelling) should be fine and mine are in a cold greenhouse with the door left open day and night. They do like airy conditions. I wonder if you've overwatered them, a temptation I know, but the compost should be just damp and no more. By pop-up plastic greenhouse do you mean the vertical ones with a zip-up polythene covers? If you don't have a conventional greenhouse, I'd consider bringing them indoors and placing them alongside a window where they can get good light, then lightly misting them every few days with a hand sprayer. Fingers crossed that they'll buck up.

Britain's Oldest Rose Bush

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 15:40

A subject which has interested me for some years, but I've yet to discover the answer in spite of requests on various forums. Where is the UK's oldest rose bush, not rose variety. In 2006 I travelled to Tombstone, Arizona, and saw the Worlds largest rose bush a white 'Lady Banksia'. The original plant came over from Scotland in 1885 and from this one plant the stems spread over an arbor of over 8000 square feet. I know of the World's Oldest Rose Bush, over a thousand years old and growing alongside Hildersheim Cathedral in Germany. But where oh where is Britain's Oldest Rose Bush? Does anyone here know for sure?

Favourite tools

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 15:28

My Spork, my two pairs of Felco secateurs and my stainless steel garden fork and spade. Mind you the shaft of the spade has broken twice in the last ten years which Spear & Jackson have replaced under it's lifetime guarantee (The latest replacement has only a ten year guarantee).

sycamore seeds

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 08:27

Sycamore seedlings in the lawn is no problem at all as you're going to regularly mow the lawn anyway. Those in the borders can be easily pulled out at this time of the year. Our garden is bordered by mature sycamores and, yes, the seedlings are a bit of a pain as they are so numerous , and has been said, should a stray one get to 12" high or more, they become far, far harder to dig out as that tap root simply doesn't want to let go.

Leaning Tree

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 22:41

I agree Ron. Paul needs to look up TIRFOR JACK. After digging a small trench on the 'high side' (ie the right side in the image) and cutting through a few roots, a stake needs to be hammered deeply into the ground and tree and stake connected to the tirfor jack. Then the tree can be winched into a vertical position. He will also need to insert a couple of poles on the low side to prevent the tree from slowly creeping back to it's original position. 

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